King Baldwin of Jerusalem, Silver Denier, Crusades Type, "Kingdom of Heaven"
After the death of Baldwin V, successor and nephew of Baldwin IV 'The Leper', Saladin poised to siege Jerusalem. Out of desperation and necessity, Balian of Ibelin stripped the silver and gold edicule from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for striking coins to pay those defending the city at its last stand.
Baldwin III [AD 1130-1162]
Baldwin IV? [AD 1161-1185]
Current hoard evidence suggests these types were struck under Baldwin III, though there is the possibility that they may have been revived and continually struck by his nephew, King Baldwin IV 'The Leper'. The coins simply read 'King Baldwin of Jerusalem'.
Obverse: Cross of Jerusalem surrounded by legend 'BALDVINVS REX' (King Baldwin)
Reverse: Tower of David (citadel near the Jaffa Gate to Old Jerusalem) surrounded by legend 'DE IERUSALEM' (Of Jerusalem)
- Cold struck from solid .925 sterling silver [~1-1.5g] (like the originals, coins are fairly thin)
- Just like the original ancient coins, each is hand struck, so allow for slight irregularity and variance from the photos
- Each coin shipped outside of Canada is marked discreetly with a tiny punch on the back making it a legal 'replica'
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